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“Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock” trailer brings enemies aplenty

Co-op shenanigans in "The Eternity Clock".

Eurogamer today has the trailer for forthcoming PS3, Vita and PC puzzle action “Doctor Who” game, “The Eternity Clock”.

And, you know, I’m really not sure about it.

From the trailer’s game play sections, I’m seeing evidence of co-op play sections, which might please Mrs Rolling Eyeballs, who digs her couch-based, controller-assisted co-operation.

However, there’s also the dread spectre of the game not exactly having cutting edge graphics.  If you saw the footage and said, “How nice of the publisher to keep supporting the PS2″, then we’re on the same page.  Every game on the PS3 can’t have the bonkers awesome visual fidelity and graphical polish of an “Uncharted 3” or an “Assassin’s Creed” instalment but I confess to hoping that the game might look a wee bit better than what the trailer gives us a glimpse of.

Perhaps the game, here, is the thing and we should focus on that, rather than whether it has pretty textures and cinematic sweep?

Here’s hoping that the March 2012 release gives us a decent “Who” game to tide us over until the new season in the Autumn.

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New “Doctor Who” game on Sony’s PS3 and Vita

It's a game, it's due in 2012, that's as much as I know...

We’ve already had – in the UK at least – a series of free-to-download “Doctor Who” PC titles which have been mostly well-received.  Not cutting edge tech, but fun and accessible adventure titles which manage to be slightly retro and have the cachet of boasting Matt Smith and Karen Gillan voice-over work.

Today’s news, that the BBC and developer SuperMassive Games will be releasing “Doctor Who – The Eternity Clock” on PC, PS3 and Vita in 2012, brings with it a few questions.

1) Why no Xbox 360 release?  As this is going to be a download title, why not release it on XBLA, too?  Have the BBC suddenly become unaccountably terrified of money?

2) Game play seems to be puzzle-based, with events in one time line affecting different areas of the game.  I’m getting dread flashbacks to original Xbox launch title “Blinx – The Time Sweeper”.  Anybody?

3) I’m fascinated to know how the devs are going to tackle the whole ‘The Doctor doesn’t kill anybody’ issue in a video game.  Not that this is the only framework for progression in a game, but it does make me wonder where things are going to go – dare I hope for an “Uncharted”-style action-puzzler without the protagonist sociopathically wiping out people left, right and centre?

River Song. Foxy even in cartoon form.

4) If Alex Kingston is doing a voice over as River Song, am I going to be able to concentrate long enough to finish this game?  All signs point to no..

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“Doctor Who”, season six, episode 13 – “The Wedding of River Song” episode review

Phew – he’s not really dead after all!  Or, is he?

HUGE, HONKING, TIMEY-WIMEY, MIND-FLUMMOXING SPOILERS from herein…

“The Wedding of River Song” was a glorious piece of television.  Steven Moffat’s modus operandi as Head “Who” Honcho has been to demand that you pay attention.  No Tweeting from the sofa as you half-watch an episode, no parallel podcast catch-ups, no scanning “Hello” for Kate and Pippa’s latest antics.  You’ve got to watch, you should pay attention and you will be rewarded if you have the patience and commitment to enjoy really good television.  Kids manage that, so what’s the excuse for the vocal section of the casual audience who apparently have issue with following a drama if it demands that you be invested in it?  It couldn’t be – El Gaspo! – that adults are pretty crap when it comes to giving their attention to stuff, could it?

So, the episode then?  Work of genius.  No cheating, some conclusions, a bunch of jaw-dropping moments and hints at What Will Come To Pass.

We catch up with the Doctor in an bizarrely out-of-kilter London: Elevated steam trains running out of the Gherkin on elevated train lines, Charles Dickens on BBC Breakfast News with Bill & Sian and some seriously insistent prehistoric interruptions to any Hyde Park picnic and Holy Roman Emperor Winston Churchill has returned to the London Senate on his personal Brontosaurus.

Dude.  Seriously.

So, time is messed-up and has been royally futzed-with when a fixed point in time – the Doctor’s death – doesn’t happen.  That’s bad, as it turns out.  Very bad.  Like, ‘it’s permanently 5:02pm in the afternoon, time streams are bleeding through each other and nothing’s making a great deal of sense to the casual observer and the universe is probably going to eat itself, Ourobouros-style’ bad.

Something has to be done and Winston Churchill’s personal indentured Soothsayer, the Doctor, is being compelled to do something about it.

Matt Smith or Ziggy-era Bowie? You be the judge.

The Doctor is quite sanguine about his fate – in order to right the weirdness running amok in reality, he has to do the mother of all course corrections and die, meeting his end in Lake Silencio, as we’ve seen at the beginning of the season.  But not without some timey-wimey wandering, information gathering and general catching up with The Silence.

The thing that I loved about this episode is how big it felt – most movies don’t have anywhere near this scope.  Admittedly, films generally have two hours to tell a story and a tv series gets to stretch out for a season and have peaks, diversions, reversals and be serialised fiction – there’s a kind of implicitly languid quality in that increased time span which films don’t generally get to enjoy (The “Harry Potter” series being a noticeable exception to this rule that I’ve just made up rather arbitrarily).

The effects, sets and music were wonderful – you felt like you were watching a film, with all of the care paid to craft that you might hope.

And the reveals – oh man, the reveals!  There’s stuff there which is kind of obvious when you think about (when you find out what the Silence’s question is, you will loudly exclaim – “OF FRAKKING COURSE THAT’S IT!”), stuff that knocks you for six and a real sense that this is one time that a tv show gets to go the reboot route and earn it.

Yes, this is a ‘game changer’, to use the phrase currently in popular parlance and it makes you wonder just where things are going to go next year.  That will be a very interesting series, indeed.  And a super cool one.

(Subliminal suggestion – Moffat rules)

 

 

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“Doctor Who” – ‘The Wedding of River Song’ – spoilers!

SFX have only gone and done another one of their excellent, slightly maddening, question-inducing spoiler-free previews for this Saturday’s season finale.

Image via Pizquita.com

As ever, the non-spoiler preview does a great job of giving you out-of-context info, asides and speculation and letting you go wild with it as you will.

I’m going to guess that the nature of the eye-patches above is dealt with – I have a theory – and that the remark in Dave Golder’s “SFX” preview which relates to some seriously impressive visual effects stuff might refer to the world created in the US press release for the episode, which is so fricking spoilery that I’ll not tell you where I read it, just in case.

Seriously, stay away from the US press release if you want to go in blind.  You’ll thank me.

 

 

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“Doctor Who” series seven to air in Autumn 2012

The lovely chaps at the Tor blog have posted a story which seems to put the ‘No “Who” in 2012’ rumour to rest. It would appear that the show will have a full run, in the Autumn of next year – which, to be honest, is fine by me if it turns out to be true.

Autumnal "Who"? Yes please!

There’s something about “Who” which suits an Autumnal time slot – a thread of melancholy, a gothic quality, a lack of lighting – whatever it is, it works for me.  Rather selfishly, this probably means that ratings might be a tad higher, too, if it plays at the same time as next year’s season of “Strictly Come Dancing”.  Lovely, lovely extra viewers tuning in early and adding to “Who” ratings – make it so.

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